Time for Baker to Vegas Relay Race Again
Casa Nicola Las Vegas

B2V part Deux

I know I'm a little late with the rest of the Vegas trip, but I'm still fighting a cold and have been super busy since I've been home, so here we go...

Shelly and I showed Marit around Vegas on Friday. Not only was it Marit's first Baker to Vegas (B2V) experience, it was her first trip to Vegas, ever.



I think that deserves a toast. 

Marit toasted with water as she abstains from imbibing alcohol. She would have been the perfect designated driver, but we found the joys of an all day monorail pass and got around town in comfort and ease. 

Keep reading, you have to see our lunch, it was f.a.b.u.l.o.u.s

While I was compiling my extensive list of restaurants I wanted to try, my friend/co-worker/fellow B2V volunteer Maria recommended we try Mon Ami Gabi in the Paris hotel. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Maria. 




I think we got the best seat in the house. We were out on the patio, under the awning, with a perfect view of the Bellagio's water show. 




Immediately after being seated, we were served a fresh hot baguette and butter. 

We even got to take a whole loaf with us. It was part of a great snack later in the room. 




One of the appetizers we had was, Ricotta Cheese and Tapenade of nicoise olives, served with rustic bread. The ricotta had been drizzled with a little olive oil, and the plate was topped with watercress. 

Nicoise olives are on my shopping list, I have to replicate this at home. 


Our other appetizer was Duck Confit


with fingerling potatoes, balsamic cherries and watercress. 

Lucky for Shelly and me, Marit doesn't care for duck, more for us. ;-) it was absolutely wonderful. 


Marit ordered Seafood Crêpes,


scallops, shrimp, peas and cream. 

The crêpe is under the seafood and greens, that's where the peas were hiding also. The cream sauce was very light, and the seafood was done to perfection. At first I thought the shrimp might be a little overcooked but they were great. 


Shelly and I shared a Croque Monsieur,


                    ham, gruyere cheese and crème fraîche, served with cornichons and really crispy rustic fries.

We literally swooned over this.  




Nacho mama's ham and cheese. 

This is going on my must make_soon_list. 



In my last post did I tell you about my little incident with the cooler and the stove? 


I didn't???   hummm. 


And that's that